A maiden Literary Festival was past Friday organized by the Pen-School Club at the Bo School Assembly Hall.
The Festival which is the first of its kind to be organized in Bo City was a night of breathtaking performances by the pupils of the school.
The Festival featured ‘Poetry Recitation,’ ‘Drama’ and a Comedy skit which were all original works of the club.
Speaking at the ceremony the Chairman Pen School Clubs Sierra Leone, Mr. Nathaniel Pearce expressed his delight at watching children of this generation doing something original and explained that the bringing of Pen Clubs into Secondary Schools was for the children to inculcate the habit of “reading and writing” at a time when their main interest is being driven away by non-academic activities that are inimical to their overall academic development.
Mr. Pearce who is also the Principal of the Methodist High School encouraged the boys to join the club so as to help them improve both their reading and writing skills.
The Chairman of the occasion Mr. J. T. Minnah registered with glee his disbelief at hearing children of this generation perform that way and opined that it was coming against the belief that children of “nowadays have nothing to offer unless violence.”
He further emphasized to the pupils that it was indeed an opportunity for them to partake in such a festival and urged the pupils to join the club as there “was no substitute for English.”
Mr. Joseph Ken Tucker who is one of the facilitators while giving a brief overview of the club explained that it has been gaining strength year after year with the present membership of around 50.
He revealed that the activities of the club have been strained over the past two years due to many factors both economic and social.